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About Me

My Family & Profession

Yes, that’s me and my family!  My son, Kai, and my wife, Yeonjoo Son, truly are the center of my world!  Kai is 4-years-old and loving his time as a preschooler.  He's a very "active" and "verbal" boy who loves jumping on daddy.  Yeonjoo is also a licensed mental health counselor and specializes in opioid addiction working for Spectrum Health Systems as a Clinical Program Director.


Yeonjoo is originally from South Korea.  Yeonjoo and I met in Bloomington, IN while we were both pursuing our graduate degrees in counseling.  After a long journey of graduate school and my doctoral internship in CA, we finally settled in central MA.


I’m originally from central MA, and although some winters can be a challenge, I love New England’s four seasons.  I’m a tenured psychology professor at Assumption University where I teach graduate students to be competent evidence-based CBT counselors.  (I actually received my master’s degree here back in the day.)


I have many years of experience providing individual, family, and group counseling from children to full-grown adults in multiple settings.  I’m excited to start this practice to return to one of my true passions – helping others with their mental health and interpersonal relationships.  Please read below to learn more about my qualifications.

 

My Qualifications

Experienced and Established Mental Health Counselor & Psychologist

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I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University – Bloomington (accredited by the American Psychological Association [APA]).  I completed my doctoral internship at Casa Pacifica (Camarillo, CA), one of the few APA accredited residential placements for adolescents and young adults in the United States.


I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC #: 5893).  I have been licensed for over 15 years, working with individuals, families, and groups with a range of mental health symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety, trauma) in multiple settings (e.g., state psychiatric hospitals, local outpatient agencies).


I’m a tenured psychology professor at Assumption University where I teach multiple graduate courses in our CBT-oriented Clinical Counseling Psychology Program.  I’m also the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies Concentration Coordinator.


I am the author of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Theory into Practice.

I am the author of Becoming a Mental Health Counselor: A Guide to Career Development and Professional Identity

I have published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, including mental health, relationships, and adversity in adolescents and young adults.


I’m president-elect of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA) (term to being November 2021) and have been a steering committee member for 7 years.


Sample of other professional affiliations: American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), and Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MaMHCA).